elisa wrote:I was browsing a Modern Greek site recently that said exactly that, that u-psilon in a dipthong is pronounced as "V". Is that even true in names like Odysseus? Pronouncing that as Odyssevs would sound really odd.
My understanding is that an intervocalic Upsilon is pronounced as V.
The Upsilon in Odysseus is not between vowels so it is not pronounced as v.
[/face]have the Upsilon between vowels so I pronounce them as V.
elisa wrote:Also, why on earth did those who came up with the transliteration for Greek words that we see in English decide to use "C" for Kappa? Kappa itself is spelled with a "K", but when in words it's transliterated as "C", which causes things to be pronounced often like an "S" instead of "K." Kappa even looks like a "K", so what were they thinking?
I'm not aware of a tranliteration scheme that uses C for Kappa (that does not mean that there isn't one.)
Generally C is used for [face=SPIonic]c[/face]
or for [face=SPIonic]x[/face]
Did you mean why a word like caustic is spelled with a C but the Greek word [face=SPIonic]kau=sij
[/face]is spelled with a Kappa?
I think there is an English rule something like; If C is followed by an O, U, or A it is pronounced K. Why? No idea.